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A rare chance to hear Monteverdi's music genius, fully staged
A rare chance to hear Monteverdi's music genius, fully staged
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Imagine the lust, lies and poisonous politics of "I, Claudius" accompanied by the most glorious music of the early Italian Baroque. That is the power and majestic amorality of Claudio Monteverdi's operatic Masterpiece, "L'incoronazione di Poppea" in which Nero's passions play while Rome's glory burns.

This first, full-length performance in the Early Music Guild's opera series will feature the brilliant talents of Stephen Stubbs, director of the internationally celebrated Tragicommedia and Boston Early Music Festival, and Fred Hauptman, conductor of 2004's touchingly beautiful "Venus and Adonis." The stage direction will be by Theodore Deacon, whose celebrated production of "Poppea" thrilled Seattle audiences in 1988.

The two attractive singers pictured above are a rare breed: men who sing in the ranges of soprano and mezzo-soprano, usually using what's called the falsetto voice. (Not something cherished by men who are insecure in their sexuality!) At any rate, chances to hear Monteverdi's music live are rare indeed, and to see a fully staged opera by this composer of undisputed genius almost never happens. The Early Music Guild has recruited the best in the business to present this at four performances at The Intiman Playhouse at Seattle Center, at 7:30pm on February 9, 10, 16, and 17.

For tickets and more information visit www.earlymusicguild.org, call 206 325-7066 or e-mailemg@earlymusicguild.org.

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